A group of students and former students expelled from their union by London's South Bank University are deciding whether to fight the institution in the European Court.
Four students are considering action after the Court of Appeal refused them leave for judicial reviews over the university's decision to expel them from the student union in March this year.
Isabel Williams, Anozie Anyanwu and James Gillespie were refused leave last Monday and the fourth student Aniere Ebuzoeme was refused leave for a review at the end of last month. The students have no recourse to any higher United Kingdom court and must turn to the Strasbourg-based court.
The four are part of a larger group of seven who were expelled from the student union amid allegations of financial and procedural impropriety. Their expulsions came after the university took over the running of the student union, including installing a caretaker manager.
Judges at the Williams, Anyanwu and Gillespie hearing, ruled that to grant leave for a judicial review at this stage, some months after the expulsions, would be detrimental to the good administration of the university. However, the judges acknowledged that it was questionable that the university had the power to impose an interim constitution on the student union.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police says that its investigation into fraud allegations, which started in March, continue although no arrests have been made.
A South Bank spokesman said that the university was pleased that the appeal judges had upheld the previous High Court rulings.
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